Asthma does not seem to increase the severity of COVID-19

Asthma does not appear to increase the risk for a person contracting COVID-19 or influence its severity, according to a team of Rutgers researchers. “Older age and conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and obesity are reported risk factors for the development and progression of COVID-19,” said Reynold A. Panettieri Jr., a pulmonary […]

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You're Telling On Yourself With Your Pandemic Holiday Weekend Photos

This spring and summer has been decidedly not that fun for the vast majority of us. If you’re trying to follow the guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you’re limiting contact with individuals outside your household, being mindful of the essentials you need for safe, socially-distanced supply runs and generally trying to keep your […]

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Researchers find more precise way to target tumours with anti-cancer drugs

Researchers at the University of Alberta have found a way to deliver anti-cancer drugs with more precision, which could increase the effectiveness of many cancer treatments. U of A oncologist Frank Wuest altered the surface of nanoparticles, which are well suited to deliver drugs, with epidermal growth factor (EGF), a peptide that binds to EGF receptors on cancer cells. He […]

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The fitness gender gap has widened during lockdown

The fitness gender gap has widened over lockdown, with fewer women being able to stay active. Since This Girl Can launched in 2015, the number of women getting active had increased by more than 500,000, with women’s activity levels at an all-time high pre-lockdown. However, women’s activity levels have been on a downward trend over the last three months. At […]

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How a mutation on the novel coronavirus has come to dominate the globe

Flashback to mid-March: the novel coronavirus had reached San Diego, California. Few people could get tested, and even less was known about how the virus mutated as it spread from person to person. Scientists now know that two variants of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) were circulating at that time. The variants, called G614 and D614, had just a small difference […]

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Platelets found to be involved in coagulation and host defense, possibly also in case of coronavirus

Platelets are involved in blood coagulation and the development of thrombosis. Researchers from Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht, and Erasmus MC have now discovered that they also play a role in the immune system: They appear to be indispensable in protecting the respiratory system against pathogens. “In patients with flu, the platelets absorb virus particles from the lungs, after which they […]

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